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The Colorado Springs Open Source Software July Meetup

From: Gary
Sent on: Monday, July 13, 2009 11:11 AM
I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:


When: July 30,[masked]:00 PM

East Library Community Room
5550 North Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:40 PM - Announcements
6:40 - 7:10 PM - Basic Concepts
7:10 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings

Building businesses around open source software

Free software has been around for a while and many companies have built successful businesses around open source software projects. However, as open source software moves into new markets like mobile and netbooks, companies continue to try new business models built open source software projects and their markets. Not only do the open source licenses change software business models but the free software development model enables new business models. Come learn about some established open source business models such as services and support as well as some examples of how ecosystems of small and large companies can grow around a project.

Stormy Peters

Stormy Peters currently works as the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Stormy joined the GNOME Foundation from OpenLogic where she set up their OpenLogic Expert Community. Previously, Stormy worked at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where she founded and managed the Open Source Program Office that is responsible for HP's open source strategy, policy and business practices. Stormy joined HP as a software engineer in the Unix Development Lab after graduating from Rice University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

Stormy is also an advisor for HFOSS, OpenSource World, IntraHealth Open and OpenLogic, as well as founder and president of Kids on Computers, a nonprofit organization setting up computer labs in developing countries.

Stormy is a frequent keynote speaker on business aspects of Open Source Software at major conferences such as the Open Source Business Conference and the O'Reilly conferences, as well as government organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Stormy is involved in GNOME and free and open source software because it is changing the world and the community is full of smart, passionate people!

Web Development with Django

Django is one of the most popular web frameworks for the Python language. Similar in spirit to Ruby on Rails, or Struts for Java, Django's tag-line is "The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines." Emphasizing good web practices and rapid development, Django is a "full stack" web framework, including an object relational mapper, url handling, business logic and a templating language.

This talk will cover the basics of Django and overview some of the "killer features" including generic views, template inheritance, the built in admin interface and reusable apps.

Ryan Freckleton

Ryan Freckleton is a recent graduate of the UCCS engineering program where he studied computer engineering and applied mathematics. He is currently employed at Hewlett-Packard doing test automation in Java, performance testing and mathematical software analysis. He has been a FOSS enthusiast for over 10 years and been using python for 5 years. He also develops websites for Montessori education and is currently working on a Master's degree in Computer Science at UCCS.

Website Sponsor:
Homeland Security Careers
Food Sponsor:
Door Prize Sponsors:
Jetbrains Software license (Several products to choose from)
JavaRebel Software license
Atlassian Technical books or other Techno Prizes
OReilly Publishing technical book or two
Sun Microsystems Additional door prizes

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Maybe" as well as "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup:

Our Sponsors

  • HSC Careers

    HSC Careers pays for our web page on

  • TEKSystems

    TEKSystems is one of our quarterly food sponsors.

  • Apex Systems

    Apex Systems is sponsoring food and drinks once a quarter for the group.

  • SecureSet Academy

    We bring the bootcamp model to cybersecurity education and industry.

  • OReilly

    OReilly provides discounts and book door prizes for our monthly meetings

  • Atlassian

    Atlassian provides free software licenses for Open Source projects.

  • JetBrains

    JetBrains supplies a free license for a door prize for our group monthly

  • Pearson Education (Books)

    35% off books USERGROUP 40% off 2 Products IUG240 45% off Digital IUGD45

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